Visiting Ottawa & Central Ontario
As winter begins to give way to spring’s rejuvenation in Ottawa and central Ontario, plan your visit and experience all the best this province has to offer – from Ottawa and Smiths Falls out to Pembroke or Cornwall. Central Ontario can yield full days of exploration and fun thanks to premier attractions, welcoming locals, and a very impressive slate of festivals, concerts, events and more.
Early in the year, your visit to Ottawa should include a tour through one of the province’s most exceptional annual celebrations. Visit the Rideau Canal Skateway in February and have a blast at Winterlude. Be sure to experience some of Winterlude event highlights, like the annual Accora Village Bed Race, and Snowflake Kingdom, ideal for the kids.
TD Place in Ottawa is an outstanding place to visit in January for a chance to see the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships live and in person. See the top women, men, and pairs compete across senior, junior, and novice skill levels.
Fans of live theatre should consider visiting Ottawa early in the year and head for the Great Canadian Theatre Company to catch some amazing live performances.
The Ottawa Little Theatre hosts live performances since its start in 1913, making it one of the oldest. It continues to produce exceptional plays yearly and is known for its history of being the start for many famous actors who went on to the film and television industries.
Visit the Canadian Tire Centre, hometown of the Ottawa Senators, as they battle some of their fiercest NHL competition, or treat your significant other to an exciting evening of live entertainment as a variety of concerts and other events are reguarly scheduled here. It is also the location for hosting various sporting events such as the Canadian Interuniversity Sport men's basketball championship and occassional world junior hockey championships.
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Scenic Road Trips
Hop in the car for a scenic road trip through Central Ontario. Take your time as you pass through Ottawa, Smith Falls, Pembroke, and Cornwall.
You’ll want to make the Rideau Canal one of your stops and see for yourself how it perfectly connects Ottawa to Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.
Adventures at Amazing Attractions
No more winter blues. There’s Winterlude at the Rideau Canal. Whether it’s the ice sculpture competition at Confederation Park, the massive snow park known as the Snowflake Kingdom, or the largest skating rink in the world at the Rideau Canal Skateway, there’s a world of fun waiting in the winter.
Catch a performance at the Ottawa Little Theatre or cheer for the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre.
Discover Outdoor Recreation
Get in on some outdoorsy adventures and see the Georgian Bay or the Ottawa River.
You’ll love Georgian Bay for its lush pine forests to the north and stretch of sandy beaches to the south. Go hiking, take a scenic walk, or find a patch of grass for an afternoon picnic.
Scenic Parks & Outdoor Adventures
Carve out a day to spend at the oldest park in Canada—the Algonquin Provincial Park. Get a true appreciation for the outdoors as well as for the culture and heritage of Canada’s Algonquin people. Sprinkled with over 2,400, you’ll find plenty to do here. Discover hiking trails, canoe routes, fishing, and camping.